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Panasonic DMP-BDT110 review




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Panasonic DMP-BDT110
  • Panasonic DMP-BDT110
  • Panasonic DMP-BDT110
  • Panasonic DMP-BDT110
  • Panasonic DMP-BDT110
  • Panasonic DMP-BDT110
  • Panasonic DMP-BDT110


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User Score:


  • Top-drawer 2D and 3D pictures
  • Loads of features
  • Slick, hassle-free operating system


  • Not enough killer content on Viera Cast
  • No built-in Wi-Fi
  • 2D-to-3D conversion only mildly effective

Key Features

  • Full HD 3D playback
  • 2D-to-3D conversion
  • DLNA networking
  • Viera Cast with Skype functionality
  • iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch Remote Control
  • Manufacturer: Panasonic
  • Review Price: free/subscription

The annual launch of Panasonic’s new Blu-ray decks is always something to look forward to, but this year’s batch looks better than ever thanks to a bevy of nifty new features to back up Panasonic’s PHL-boosted picture quality.

The 2011 line-up includes four new models, three of which are 3D-ready. We’ve already had a gander at the only 2D deck in the range (DMP-BD75) but now we’re turning our attention to the 3D machines, starting with the DMP-BDT110 and followed by the higher-spec DMP-BDT310. There’s a difference of about £70 between these two models, with the DMP-BDT210 sitting between the two of them.

If you like your Blu-ray decks slim and sleek, the DMP-BDT110 is sure to please. With a height of just 35mm, this is one of the slimmest decks Panasonic has produced, some 14mm thinner and 20mm shallower than last year’s players. It’s all part of Panasonic’s attempt to save the planet – more compact players means less packaging, leading to more efficient transportation and therefore lower CO² emissions. But never mind all that – what it means for you is that the deck is much easier to slip into your AV rack.

Although it stops short of stunner status, the BDT110 is a good looking Blu-ray player. The all-black, button free fascia keeps things alluringly minimal, but it’s actually one long flap – behind it is the disc tray, play and stop buttons, an SD card slot and USB port. Good to see that Panasonic hasn’t cut any corners with construction, as the aluminium casing ensures top-drawer build quality.

The rear connections are more generous than the DMP-BD75, but still fairly run-of-the-mill. Being a 3D-compatible player there’s an HDMI v1.4 output on the back, but only one – if your receiver lacks v1.4 inputs and you want to enjoy 3D pictures and HD audio simultaneously, either upgrade your receiver or step up to the DMP-BDT310, which features dual HDMI outputs. There are no multichannel analogue outputs, but there are analogue stereo, composite video and optical digital outputs. Ethernet and a second USB port complete the line-up.

This USB port is designed to accommodate an optional Wi-Fi adapter (the DY-WL10, available for around £100), or Panasonic’s communication camera (the TY-CC10W) if you want to take advantage of the deck’s Skype functionality – one of the major new features added to this year’s range – although this camera costs the same as the player itself from some retailers.

What’s more, the inclusion of only one USB port on the back is a tad problematic if you want to use Skype while connected to the internet wirelessly. The TY-CC110W camera, which perches on top of your TV using the attached bracket, didn’t work in the front-mounted USB port, which means you have to move the wireless adapter to the front – an ungainly solution, given its chunkiness. You also have to add a 1GB memory device to access BD Live features, but thankfully that’s done through the SD card slot and not USB.


March 14, 2011, 5:59 pm

2D to 3D conversion is never going to be particularly convincing, and is a gimmick that will remain determinedly turned off on my setup when I upgrade to 3D (after a quick test to make sure it actually is as bad as I expect it to be). Studios drop millions of dollars to get a 2D film painstakingly converted to 3D by expert visual effects specialists, and from what I understand of the process a lot of manual intervention is involved, and even then the results are sub-par (Clash of the Titans, anyone?) so automated conversion in a £150 Blu-Ray deck really isn't going to cut it. Like many AV effects widgets (bass boost; "concert hall"-type listening modes; pseudo-surround sound) this really isn't going to do your source material any favours.

Otherwise the deck looks good. No need for wifi or BD Live here, so glad the wifi dongle and local storage are optional extras. 2nd HDMI not an issue for anyone with a decent, recent AV amp with HDMI 1.4 (my Onkyo TX-SR-608 will happily pass the appropriate signals). All I'm waiting for is another generation or 2 of 3D TVs to iron out the crosstalk issue and a range of titles compelling enough to convince me to buy...


March 15, 2011, 2:30 am

Guys, what would you say has the fastest load times of all the <£200 players you've reviewed?

My Sony BDP-S350 annoys me, though it is a fairly early player. The disc load times were excellent for the time, but I'm sure have been surpassed since. Another issue I find with it is that if you switch it on and hit eject it won't just give you the disc. No, it seems to read the entire disc first before it will spit it out...


October 22, 2011, 9:20 am

To get around the low number of USB ports, I connected this player (and a Panasonic Plasma) to the web via a Wi-Fi bridge, using the LAN port
So far I have found no problems connecting to the web, and the Panasonic iPhone apps all seem to work. Having already set up a Wi-Fi network, I had no problem installing a bridge.
I recall that the bridge cost about as much as the optional Wi-Fi dongle. A cheaper option (that I have not tried) may be a bridge that only has one Ethernet port.
I now have more free USB ports than I need.
As noted before I ignored any problems with 2D-3D conversion, I tired of this option on the first day and have not been back to it.
A good 3D Blu-ray movie is however a joy to watch. If you want to see the potential of 3D in a nature doco hire "Cousteau Presents Sharks 3D".

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